Working from photographs, I create portraits with embroidery thread instead of paint. I enjoy playing around with the connotations of the term women's work and challenging the boundary line between craft and fine art.
I like to think I have taken the art of embroidery to something beyond its original decorative intention with these portraits. The facial expressions, objects and gestures contain narratives yet each viewer encounters a different story. There are playful qualities as well since it is impossible to be precise using a linear strand of thread. The stitches build up in layers and the process is meditative.
A portrait signifies a subject's importance. The purpose of my work is to create art historical documentation of my community in a unique way.